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Forget The Mall! Make Your Holiday Gifts At Home

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12.07.14

Forget The Mall! Make Your Holiday Gifts At Home!

In an ideal world, you would have every present on your holiday shopping list bought, wrapped and stowed away in the closet by December 15th. In the real world, you’re still going to have some unfinished business come December 24th, and zero interest in being trampled by hysterical shoppers. We have a solution! Try one of these easy and affordable DIY gifts that you can make in front of the Yule log.  
 
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RECIPES IN A JAR.
This is the perfect choice for a busy gift-giver because it looks extremely personal, but takes very little effort! All you need is a mason jar and the ingredients to make a simple treat like pancakes, cookies or hot chocolate. Just toss the dry ingredients into the jar, write a sweet note and you’re done!

(photo: Claudia Ficca)


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Painted Utensils! More gift ideas at BrightNest.PAINTED UTENSILS.
If you have a spare bucket of paint and some wooden utensils (chopsticks count!), then this gift is a cinch. Wrap some masking tape around the edge of the area that you want to paint. Then, apply your paint with a brush. You may need two or three coats for best results. Let the paint dry and remove the tape. You’re done!

(photo: A Pretty Cool Life)
 
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Wine Charms! More gift ideas at BrightNest.WINE CHARMS.
These cute ornaments help guests keep track of their wine glasses. Scrounge up some spare game pieces (Scrabble letters work best, but feel free to improvise). Then, drill a small hole into each piece and screw an eye-hook into the hole. Tie a little ribbon or piece of string in a loop around the eye-hook, and that’s it.

(photo: CreationsByCaro | Etsy)
 
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Upcycled Crayons! More gift ideas at BrightNest.UPCYCLED CRAYONS.
If you have spare crayons, then you have a children’s-gift goldmine! Peel off the paper from the crayons and grab a muffin baking tin. Break up the crayons so that they fit into the muffin tray, keeping similar colors together. Then, set your oven to 225 degrees and bake your crayons for about 20 minutes. Boom! You should have a dozen great gifts for the little ones. 

(photo: Goodknits)
 
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Mustache Mugs! More gift ideas at BrightNestMUSTACHE MUGS.
This is a perfect gift for the guys. Find a porcelain mug that you’re willing to mustache-ify and grab a black Sharpie. Then draw your preferred mustache style. Bake the mug for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, and you should be all set. Note: It’s best to designate your mustache mug as hand-wash only to keep the scruffy look from washing away! 

(photo: emoorestore | Etsy)
 
 
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